Food Insecurity Diminishes in Hurricane Affected Zones, but Rises in Other Areas

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Humanitarian Cargo of the WFP in Haiti. Photo Credit: MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi
Humanitarian Cargo of the WFP in Haiti. Photo Credit: MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

Source: haitinominustah.info / UN Information Center / The Dawn News / January 18, 2017

The number of people suffering from food insecurity in Haiti´s most affected zones by the Matthew hurricane, was reduced to less than a half in three months, from one million to 400.000, according to a new evaluation of the World Food Programme (WFP).

Nevertheless, the evaluation revealed that in the northwest part of the country the hurricane consequences, although considerably less, were added to three years of drought and  floods, producing a raise in food insecurity, that affects over 1,5 million people.

The evaluation, in which also participated the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) and national Haitian institutions, confirmed that the population capability of reaching their own food has increased, but it showed that it is necessary to extend the assistance so that families can recover their life standards and that help should be extended in communities where high food insecurity was reported.

The WFP representative in Haití, Roland Tran Ba Huy, highlighted the evaluation positive results in most destroyed areas by the hurricane.

“But there is also an urgent need to continue assistance and redirect it to new areas with higher levels of food insecurity, in addition to initiating recovery operations,” he said.

Humanitarian agencies based in Haiti are in the urgent need of 113 million dollars to finance the food and agriculture safety programs.

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